Toronto International Film Festival 2018: A Star Is Born, Beautiful Boy, First Man lead Oscar buzz-worthy lineup
Bradley Cooper's directorial debut A Star Is Born as well as films starring Timothee Chalamet and Hugh Jackman are among the selections announced for this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
Bradley Cooper's directorial debut A Star Is Born with Lady Gaga as well as films starring Timothee Chalamet and Hugh Jackman are among the selections announced on Tuesday for this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
Beautiful Boy stars Chalamet and Steve Carell and will be one of several films having their world premiere at the festival, a launching pad for Hollywood's awards season. Chalamet, an Oscar nominee for last year's Call Me By Your Name, plays a meth addict whose recovery is seen through the eyes of his father, played by Carell.
Other world premieres include The Front Runner starring Jackman as former presidential candidate Gary Hart, Life Itself from This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman, the police shooting drama The Hate U Give and Steve McQueen's Widows. The Front Runner, from director Jason Reitman, chronicles Hart's rise and fall as the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee after his extramarital affair became tabloid fodder and a national scandal.
Tuesday's announcement was scaled back and handled by press release because of Sunday's attack in Toronto's lively Greektown neighborhood left two people and a gunman dead. Among the 47 films announced, 13 are directed by women.
Other notable films screening at the festival include the Neil Armstrong film First Man, which stars Ryan Gosling as the astronaut. It is directed by Damien Chazelle and is his first film since the Oscar darling La La Land. Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, based on a novel by James Baldwin, will also premiere at the festival. Moonlight beat out La La Land for best picture at the 2017 Academy Awards.
The festival's opening film will be Mouthpiece from Canadian director Patricia Rozema. The closing film will be Cannes Film Festival winner Shoplifters from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda.
The 43rd annual festival will run from 6-16 September.
(With inputs from The Associated Press)
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